Wim Wetzel is a retired 24-year Air Force combat aircrew veteran who served as a C-130 and C-141A/B Loadmaster. During his military career and civilian careers he held numerous highly successful senior leadership and management positions. Both of his parents were captured by the Japanese in Indonesia and were held in prisoner of war and internment camps for over 4 years. His family legally immigrated from Holland to the United States in 1956.
As a 100% disabled Viet Nam veteran, Wim is a staunch advocate and fighter for disabled veterans’ benefits and rights. He suffers from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and is a Prostate Cancer survivor. The source and cause of his Prostate Cancer was Agent Orange (AO). During his service in Viet Nam Wim loaded the AO chemicals onto the Ranch Hand spray planes and often became doused by the chemicals during those loading operations. While serving as a mobility specialist throughout Viet Nam his fellow airmen and Wim were often on the receiving end of the Air Force's chemical spraying programs.
His younger brother Roy who served in Viet Nam as a Marine died at the young age of 47 as a direct result of heart conditions attributable to AO. Wim's only son died at the age of 27 as a result of job-related electrocution. Despite the traumatic and tragic events described in this book Wim survived and overcame the negative influences that overshadowed his life. He acknowledges freely that every success in his life was achieved because someone reached out to help him when needed. He continues to repay them by reaching out to help others and paying it forward on a daily basis.
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